Being the highest-drafted player in the Matthews family has secured the Falcons’ recent No. 1 pick some bragging rights, even on his Hall of Fame father, but it also put Jake and his dad, Bruce, in some rare company.
Matthews became the 10th son of a Pro Football Hall of Fame player or coach to be drafted into the league. He’s the fourth son of a Hall of Famer to be selected in the first round. Chris and Kyle Long and Kellen Winslow were the others.
|HALL OF FAME FATHER (Year Inducted)||DRAFTED SON(S) (Team, Year)|
|LB Bobby Bell (1983)||LB Bobby Bell, Jr. (N.Y. Jets, 1984)|
|RB Tony Dorsett (1994)||CB Anthony Dorsett (Houston, 1996)|
|QB Bob Griese (1990)||QB Brian Griese (Denver, 1998)|
|G Russ Grimm (2010)||S Cody Grimm (Tampa Bay, 2010)|
|DT Howie Long (2000)||DE Chris Long (St. Louis, 2008)G Kyle Long (Chicago, 2013)|
|G Bruce Matthews (2007)||T Jake Matthews (Atlanta, 2014)|
|RB-DB/Coach Don Shula (1997)||QB Mike Shula (Tampa Bay, 1987)|
|T Jackie Slater (2001)||WR Matthew Slater (New England 2008)|
|TE Kellen Winslow (1995)||TE Kellen Winslow (Cleveland, 2004)|